Wood Ducks are Carolina League co-champs after sweeping Pelicans
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Down East Wood Ducks are your co-Carolina League champions.
The Wood Ducks rallied from an early deficit to beat Myrtle Beach, 2-1, to take half of the Carolina League championship. The Carolina League announced Friday it will cancel the rest of the 2017 League Championship Series after Friday's games due to Hurricane Irma. The winner of the games between the Down East Wood Ducks and Myrtle Beach Pelicans along with the Frederick Keys and Lynchburg Hillcats will be named co-league champs.
Frederick and Lynchburg had to play a deciding Game 3 Saturday after Lynchburg won, 4-0 to even the series at 1-1.
"Obviously, we had a tough first half of the year, but I think some of the stuff with the Rangers that we put in place and the things we were looking to improve on were not concerned so much with wins and losses," acting Wood Ducks manager Steve Mintz said in a press release from MILB.com. "Over the last two months, we've seen the things we harped on with these guys.
"In the first half, every night we found a way to lose a ballgame, and to watch the guys tonight in a 2-1 game, making plays and pitches when it counted where three to four months ago we weren't able to do those things ... from an organizational standpoint ... it's overwhelming."
Mintz was filling in for manager Howard Johnson, who was attending his daughter's wedding.
Myrtle Beach got its lone run in the bottom of the first inning. Down East tied it in the second when Preston Scott scored on a throwing error. Matt Lipka's solo home run, his second of the series, gave the Wood Ducks the lead for good.
Four pitchers combined to limit Myrtle Beach to six hits.
Over our last 43 games, we went 28-15. Earned it. #DEWD pic.twitter.com/DPFTxidEXJ-- Down East Wood Ducks (@GoWoodDucks) September 9, 2017